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Younus Khan international cricket ban lifted

Younus Khan
Younus could now return for the forthcoming tour to England

Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan has won his appeal against an indefinite ban from international cricket.

The 32-year-old was one of six players punished by the Pakistan Cricket Board in March following an inquiry into the winter tour to Australia.

But in lifting the ban, retired judge Irfan Qadir said Younus had not had a proper chance to defend himself.

He also quashed a fine on current skipper Shahid Afridi and halved fines on brothers Kamran and Umar Akmal.

A one-year ban on another former skipper, Shoaib Malik, was lifted last week and seam bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan will appeal against the same penalty on 19 June.

The only player not to challenge the PCB findings was batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who has retired from international cricket.

606: DEBATE

Pakistan lost every international fixture on the tour to Australia and the team's performance is still under investigation by the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit.

The PCB inquiry found that Younus and Yousuf had been involved in "infighting" and that their attitude had a "trickledown effect" which had a "bad influence" on the whole team.

The Board said its judgement followed "careful and detailed analysis of the events, the personal accounts of team management and players, and examination of records, videos and statistics".

The decision to lift the ban on Younus means he could now return to international cricket on the forthcoming tour to England, where he is currently playing for county side Surrey.

A veteran of 63 Tests, 202 one-day internationals and 22 Twenty20 matches, he has scored more than 11,000 runs for Pakistan in all forms of the game.

And his experience could be vital on a tour, which will also see them play a 'home' series against Australia - which cannot be staged in Pakistan because of ongoing concerns about the security of touring teams.

Younus' lawyer, Ahmed Malik Qayyum, said he was "delighted to get the ban revoked".

He added: "It is a big victory for us as my client didn't back down from his argument that there was no justification for the ban on him."



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see also
Pakistan board lifts ban on Malik
29 May 10 |  Pakistan
Afridi to lead Pakistan in Tests
25 May 10 |  Pakistan
Inquiry into Pakistan series loss
21 May 10 |  Pakistan
No Lara as Surrey pick up Younus
18 May 10 |  Surrey
Pakistan batsman Yousuf retires
29 Mar 10 |  Pakistan
Pakistan to ban Yousuf & Younus
10 Mar 10 |  Pakistan


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